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2009 

For those who might have missed it, John Updike, Pulitzer-winning author, died of lung cancer on January 27, 2009, at the age of 76. Updike was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, and died in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. His first novel, "The Poorhouse Fair," was published in 1959, but certainly the...
01/31/2009
The Pew Research Center recently released its survey of 2,260 adults where they would like to live. For those not familiar with the Pew Research Center, it is based in Washington, D.C., and describes itself as a "fact tank," providing information through research and polling but taking no positi...
01/31/2009
I had never really thought about the history of a property until my final Rachmaninoff concert when my marketing guru showed me the chain of title for the library where I was performing. Ever since then, each time I go to a property, especially a foreclosure or short sale, I find myself wonderin...
01/30/2009
This post by Frank and Sharon Alters of Fleming Island, Florida, touches on one of my pet peeves. I know a few agents here whom I believe do nothing but "buy" their listings, hoping that someone will mosey along and pay the price that they stuck on a property. In the interest of fairness, though...
01/30/2009
This post by David Width, Jr., of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, is a great example of why ActiveRain is so awesome. I've only been a Realtor since May 2005, so maybe some of the older, more experienced Realtors have used this tactic before, but up until this point I would never have thought to ...
01/30/2009
I really liked the graph in this post by Gretchen Faber of Denver, Colorado. I changed the title for inclusion in my blog. Gretchen believes the Denver market is somewhere between Panic and Depression, but with six consecutive months of increasing sales here in San Diego, I think we might be som...
01/30/2009
Probably the most frustrating thing I've seen in my short 3½ years as a Realtor is the destruction of property. Since there are never any eyewitnesses and no prosecutions, we all assume that the owner who just had his house foreclosed is the one who caused the damage out of anger at the bank or ...
01/30/2009
Along with the decline of real estate prices, the increase in inventory, and the shut down of many of the major new construction builders, another area that has fallen victim to this economy is affordable housing. Just three years ago, only 7% of San Diego households could afford the median-pric...
01/30/2009
I've only been a Realtor since May 2005, but I've consulted with several prospective Buyers about whether or not this is the right time to buy. Don't get me wrong, I always love Buyers, but I'm more interested in making sure that they don't fall into a personal chasm that they can't get out of. ...
01/29/2009
Here's a useful post by Debra Kukulski of Cary, Illinois, about options for those facing foreclosure or short sales. The onslaught of foreclosures and short sales is continuing here and the experts (do we trust the experts anymore?) are predicting that things will get even worse in April and May...
01/28/2009
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